Design-thinking is an abductive and participatory process in which designers are required to manage constraints, generate solutions, and follow project timelines in order to complete project goals. This exploration study sought to look at how designers in various disciplinary fields approach design projects. Designers were asked to describe a project and a decision that they had to make. Decisions were analyzed to determine whether they were ready-made versus custommade solutions and the process by which the designers arrived at the decisions was categorized as idea-imposition or discovery. Results indicated that designers work with multiple constraints while designing and the majority used a custom-made solution following a discovery process.
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Stefaniak, J. E., & Tracey, M. W. (2014). An examination of the decision-making process used by designers in multiple disciplines. TechTrends, 58(5), 80-89.